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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town, Virginia Beach, Va., to give a speech Tuesday on how he would go about reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.

More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.

That's according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled.

If you've stepped foot in a comic book store in the past few years, you'll have noticed a distinct shift. Superheroes, once almost entirely white men, have become more diverse.

There's been a biracial Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and just last week, Marvel announced that the new Iron Man will be a teenage African-American girl.

Joining this lineup today is Kong Kenan, a Chinese boy who, as part of a reboot of the DC comics universe, is one of four characters taking up Superman's mantle.

On Tuesday, an international tribunal soundly rejected Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea, an area where China has been building islands and increasing its military activity.

The case before the international tribunal in the Hague was brought by the Philippines, challenging what's widely seen as a territorial grab by Beijing. The tribunal essentially agreed. Beijing immediately said the decision was null and void and that it would ignore it. There are concerns now that the tribunal's decision could inflame tensions between the U.S. and China.

The deaths last week of three African-American men in encounters with police, along with the killing of five Dallas officers by a black shooter, have left many African-American gun owners with conflicting feelings; those range from shock to anger and defiance. As the debate over gun control heats up, some African-Americans see firearms as critical to their safety, especially in times of racial tension.


Testimony Underway in Trial of Man Accused of Throwing Children Off Mobile Bridge

Montgomery, Alabama –

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The 23-year-old mother of four children
tossed from an Alabama coastal bridge quoted her common-law husband
Lam Luong as saying the children's bodies would never been found.
Kieu Phan of Irvington had confronted him hours after their Jan.
7, 2008 disappearance. She says he "kept laughing."
Phan testified Monday as Luong's capital murder trial in Mobile
County began in the deaths of his four children.
Phan burst into tears when color photos of the children were
flashed on an overhead screen viewed by jurors and the 38-year-old
Luong, who sat motionless as she identified each by name:
2-year-old Hannah Luong, 3-year-old Ryan Phan, 1-year-old Lindsey
Luong, and 4-months-old Danny Luong.
Phan, whose testimony in Vietnamese was interpreted by
translator Angie Hawker of Pensacola, Fla., says Luong at first
told her that he left the children with a woman in Bayou La Batre,
but by 7 p.m. when they didn't return, she went to the police and
started a frantic house-to-house search.
Later, she said, Luong admitted "they are all dead." She said
he called from jail to say, "No way that we can find the children.
. ..He kept laughing."
Prosecutors claim Luong, a Vietnamese refugee and part-time
shrimp boat worker, argued with Phan before he drove the family van
to the top of the two-lane Dauphin Island bridge and tossed the
kids into the cold Mississippi Sound 80 feet below.
The four tiny bodies were recovered from waters off the coasts
of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana during a search that involved
hundreds of volunteers in aircraft, boats and on foot.

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